Jay Ant was born Richmond CA, and raised in the Bay Area. He started rapping in elementary school and making beats on his computer at the age of 14. He grew up listening to R&B artists such as Al Green, Jodeci, Aaliyah, Teddy Riley, Michael Jackson, and Marvin Gaye. His production also influenced by contemporary artists like Kanye West, 2Pac, Pharrell, Andre 3000, Jay Z, Common, N.E.R.D, Daft Punk and a few other . While in high school he became part of a group with 3 other young talented rappers, each with their own distinct personalities and style, called The Diligentz.

They were at the forefront of the Bay Area's Punk Rock (hip hop) Movement. Their single "Punk Rock" became their brand/ lifestyle about their dress, talk and walk and created a movement that had fellow teens all over copying their style and rocking out to their music. The "Punk Rock Remix" produced by Jay Ant, and featuring the Pack and Go Dav, was featured in Spin Magazine's website as a Top Download for February 2007 and radio stations such as KMEL and KYLD quickly put them in the mix. Their Myspace page grew by the day (over 28,000 friends) and their popularity grew as did the number of live performances they did. Jay Ant created 90% of the music the Diligentz put out. And he continues to write, record and perform with the group.

It was only natural that he would start creating music for a solo project and in 2008 he dropped his debut street album, All About Being Cool. Because of the momentum of the Diligentz and the online presence of Jay Ant, his CD was a viral hit and several singles were picked up by local DJs. In 2009 he dropped his first radio single "So Sexy" which got a lot of radio spins in 2009 by KMEL and KYLD In Spring 2010, 106.1 KMEL named him in the list of the Top Ten Bay Area Freshman (hip hop acts) to watch on the rise to stardom.

Jay Ant known for his ambient, trippy, bass heavy music, with a touch of "Hyphy" has worked with numerous artists like Lil B The Based God, The Pack, IAMSU,HBK, Juvenile, Mannie Fresh, Turk, Wiz Khalifa, Clyde Carson, E-40 and The Cataracs, just to name a few. In 2012 he linked up with long time friends Kuya Beats, P-Lo, and Iamsu and joined the production team "Invasion Beats." He continues to perform live with the Diligentz and increasingly as a solo act. He is an artist that his audience can relate to, and a breath of fresh air in hip hop, with his trippy production. His lifestyle "Believers Circle" and trippy imagination encourages people to always entertain the impossible and stop the unnecessary drama that the hip hop culture is often associated with, and to ultimately get his fans to believe in themselves.

He is reminding people to have fun, chill, and have a good time with music. Jay Ant is seasoned, and veteran in the young bay area music scene bringing a new sound and movement to Hip Hop. He is proof that being yourself is always cool.

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